Monday, November 14, 2011

Idaho Woman Pleads Guilty To Embezzling $260K From Retailer

Susan Alene Hopkins, aka Susan Scott, 54, of Kootenai, Idaho, has pleaded guilty to charges she embezzled more than $260,000 from the Coldwater Creek retail company where she had been employed as an executive assistant.  According to prosecutors, over a period of about 4 years, from 2006 - 2010, Hopkins misappropriated monies from the company by abusing corporate credit cards for her own benefit.  Hopkins is also alleged to have embezzled funds from the Panhandle Alliance For Education, a nonprofit which raises funds for the Lake Pend Oreille School District.  She plead guilty to one count of grand theft in a plea agreement and was ordered to pay $251,943 in restitution over a 10-year period.  Hopkins is scheduled to be sentenced in February 2012. 

Read the story here and here.

Update (8/7/12): Hopkins has agreed to pay $246,561 in restitution and was ordered to serve 5 years in prison.

Update (10/9/12): Hopkins, now 55, has appealed her conviction to the Idaho Supreme Court.

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